Chagall: The Lithographs, The Sorlier Collection - A Catalogue Raisonne

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9781891024078: Chagall: The Lithographs, The Sorlier Collection - A Catalogue Raisonne
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Lavishly produced using impeccable digital color separations and the finest printing, this catalogue raisonne of Chagall's lithographs documents 1050 works, each with complete identifying signature and edition information.

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Chagall: The Lithographs is a vast collection (1,050 individual pieces) dating from 1922 to 1985. The Russian-born artist lived most of his adulthood in France and is well known for his colorful and exuberant depictions of Jewish life. His work often addresses personal themes and intimate visions, such as his marriage and his deeply held faith. He worked in many media, but, "Lithography soon became his favored printing technique. This is certainly due primarily to the one element he had previously always missed in his graphic art: color. Color is employed in Chagall's work with greatly varying intensity, from watercolor-like washes and fragile crayon lines to opaque layers whose effect closely resembles that of his luminescent gouaches." This beautifully produced catalogue raisonné includes descriptions of Chagall's lithographic process, which utilized stone or zinc plates and acid, and interviews with the printers who worked with Chagall to produce these pieces. This is a lovely, colorful book that reproduces many of the best examples of this important artist's favorite works.

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This sumptuous production succeeds as both an exhibition catalog (for a show in Stuttgart to Hamburg this spring) and a catalogue raisonn of 1050 Chagall lithographs drawn from the incomparable collection of his printer for 35 years, Charles Sorlier (192190). Fernand Mourlot and Sorlier authored the definitive six-volume lithograph oeuvre catalog (196086). The present catalog describes and reproduces, often in resonant colors, each print in the Sorlier collection, which date from 1922 to 1985. Descriptions update and enhance information from Mourlot/Sorlier, thus creating the most complete entries for prints included in both sources. Many prints carry dedications and playful doodles by Chagall. Interspersed are one-page critical texts on trademark series such as Daphnis and Chloe and The Circus. Interviews with Chagall, texts on his lithography, and writings on the Sorlier collaboration and collection serve as an introduction; a biographical chronology, bibliography, and interviews in their original versions complete the work. This monumental undertaking is of supreme importance to research collections.Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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